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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Soldier Sent Home After Killing

ReutersA boy saluting inside a U.S. military plane's engine at Manas Airport on Saturday. The 376th Air Expeditionary Wing gave a tour to Kyrgyz civilians.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- A U.S. airman who shot and killed an airport fuel truck driver at an airbase at Kyrgyzstan's Manas Airport in December has been flown home but remains under investigation, the U.S. Embassy said.

Kyrgyz officials had demanded that the airman be handed over for trial after the death of Alexander Ivanov, 42.

"The airman departed Kyrgyzstan on March 21," the U.S. Embassy said in a statement late last week. "The U.S. investigation into the shooting continues, and we continue to collaborate closely with Kyrgyz authorities about it."

The 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, which has 1,000 troops at Manas, said at the time of the shooting that Ivanov had threatened the airman with a knife. "The Americans declined to hand him over because he is under U.S. jurisdiction," said an official in the Kyrgyz prosecutor's office. "They have said they will complete their investigation and pass the material over to a U.S. military court."